KUCHING, March 22: Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is in the midst of acquiring a buffalo breeding station at Carmor Plains in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT), Australia.
This acquisition was revealed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who led an entourage to visit the station last weekend.
A statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) today described Carmor Plains buffalo breeding station as privately owned and covers 100,000 acres. It is home to wild and feral animals, like water buffaloes, deer, cattle and crocodiles.
It was also revealed that there are about 2,500 buffaloes in the station, which would be used as a fattening centre for cattle that are transported out of Rosewood SEDC for export. It would also serve as a breeding station for buffaloes that will be sent to Limbang for domestication.
Apart from visiting the buffalo breeding station, Abang Johari and his entourage also paid a courtesy call on Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner. They had a 45-minute meeting, where issues of common interest to both NT and Sarawak were discussed.
NT has a population of 250,000 and is represented by two senators in the Australian Parliament. The NT Parliament has 22 members. Its main exports are LNG, mineral and cattle. Tourism is also a major revenue earner.
Later, they travelled to Western Australia to visit the Rosewood cattle station, which is owned by SEDC.
While there, the chief minister and members of his entourage were briefed by the station’s management on development at the station and later toured the various facilities of the one-million-acre ranch that was acquired in 1982.
Members of the entourage included Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Hussein, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and SEDC general manager Abdul Hadi Kadir. — DayakDaily